Why Dispensaries Don’t Normally Carry Pre-Ground Cannabis

Posted by La Cannaisseur on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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At La Cannaisseur the moment you walk through our doors you will be greeted by a welcoming atmosphere and a knowledgeable staff. This is because we are a small, family-run dispensary in Portland OR, offering you a unique and welcoming experience, as well as delivery to Portland residents.

When you buy your pot at a dispensary it is often in buds form. But why don’t a lot of dispensaries offer preground cannabis? Well, there are a couple reasons for this. First is the freshness can be compromised if it is preground. Kind of like coffee! Potency can also be affected if your pot is preground. Not to say it isn’t totally unavailable. It is simply less popular.

Cannabis Freshness

When you grind cannabis, you’ll notice that the bud’s aroma bursts out, filling your nose with all the nuanced fragrance the strain has to offer. What you’re smelling are terpenes, or aromatic oils that give cannabis its spectrum of smells from Sour Diesel’s fuel to Granddaddy Purple’s berry. Terpenes are highly volatile and evaporate readily, and grinding your cannabis expedites their release.


This is also true when grinding coffee beans, which is why some coffee cuppers prefer to buy whole bean and grind it only when they’re ready to drink it. Just as whole bean coffee tastes better when freshly ground, so does cannabis.

Cannabis Potency

The second reason producers typically don’t grind whole cannabis flowers is potency. When cannabis is ground, more surface area is exposed to light, oxygen, and heat, which can degrade THC and other chemical compounds. When a bud is left intact, terpenes and cannabinoids remain better protected.

Grinding cannabis also knocks precious trichomes off the buds, which are responsible for producing THC, terpenes, and other cannabinoids. For this reason, waiting until the last possible moment to grind your cannabis is wisest to ensure you’re able to pick up all that loose kief and add it to your bowl (a grinder with a kief catcher is especially helpful here).


Most growers wouldn’t dare to pre-grind whole cannabis buds unless they were being processed into high-quality pre-rolls, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find ground cannabis at your local dispensary. Some locations sell loose cannabis called “shake,” which is basically cannabis crumbs and plant material that are separated from the main terminal buds (or colas). Though less potent than whole buds, shake is often sold at a much lower price and works great for rolling joints and blunts or for cooking into cannabis oil.

At La Cannaissuer you can expect quality as well as variety in our buds and products. We care about providing a personal experience and feel that you can only really get from a local dispensary. That means you get better prices and better weed if you visit or request a recreational marijuana delivery.

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